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21-25 July 2019
Connecticut Convention Center, Level 6
US/Eastern timezone

M4Or1B-02 [Invited]: Microwave Antenna Properties of an Optically Triggered Superconducting Ring

25 Jul 2019, 10:00
Level 6, Room 14

Level 6, Room 14

Invited Oral Presentation M4Or1B - Microelectronics II


Dr Thomas Bullard (UES Inc.)


It is well established that superconducting materials will emit microwave/terahertz radiation when illuminated with a femtosecond infrared laser pulse. Typically this phenomena is examined by illuminating a voltage biased superconducting thin film bridge. In this investigation an inductively charged superconducting thin film ring is considered. We believe the configuration lends itself to a simple compact microwave emitter device as the antenna plays the part of the waveguide and power supply, and contact heating between the current leads and the superconductor are now eliminated. We find that the emitted energy of this system displays a power-law dependence with increasing current, laser energy, and illumination area. The rings also display a frequency dependence on the system dimension, a well-defined polarization direction, and a radiation pattern similar to that of an electrically large loop antenna. Results illustrate the rich and complex dynamics that span the optical, terahertz and microwave regimes.

Primary authors

Dr Thomas Bullard (UES Inc.) John Bulmer (University of Cambridge) John Murphy (University of dayton Research Institute) Manuel Ferdinandus (3Air Force Institute of Technology, IN/ENP, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio) Jennifer Reed (UES Inc. - AFRL/RXAP) Timothy Haugan (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)

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